Academic points for L6781 (Spring term) are subject to a four-credit limit (see Rules for the J.D. Degree, Rule 1.13); no academic credit for L6681 (Fall term).
Open to second-year students selected by the Student Executive Board in consultation with the Faculty Director and to a limited number of third-year students with permission of the Faculty Director.
Student editors, working in teams of two or four, are responsible for designing an appellate advocacy problem to be used by first-year students in the spring semester. In the spring the editors supervise students in the research and writing of appellate briefs. Each editor typically has 8-10 assigned first-year students, although there is some variation in class size.
Student editors must also enroll in L6674-Workshop in Briefcraft and L6681-Moot Court Student Editor in the fall term. Editors for the intermural programs that satisfy the Foundation Moot Court requirement also enroll as student editors. During the fall semester editors research and write a bench memorandum and record for their problem. They must revise the bench memorandum and record in the spring term in response to feedback provided by the Faculty Director.
In the spring term, student editors mentor first-year students assigned to them in the preparation of briefs on the problems devised by the editors the previous term. Each first-year student should receive at least two personal edits and write at least three drafts of the brief under close supervision of the editor, working in consultation with the student's Legal Practice Workshop instructor. Editors also assist the Legal Practice Workshop instructors in preparing students for oral arguments and are present when the students argue the cases composed by the editors. During the spring term, editors meet regularly with the Faculty Director to discuss issues that arise in their work with the first-year students.
Editors also serve as teaching fellows for 1 point of credit for the spring semester Legal Practice Workshop.